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Joint training keeps Air Force medics ready to use varied platforms

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Squadron member responds to a simulated casualty during a medical exercise, June 6, 2018, at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Squadron member responds to a simulated casualty during a medical exercise, June 6, 2018, at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, prepare for a medical exercise aboard an MV-22 Osprey, June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, prepare for a medical exercise aboard an MV-22 Osprey, June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, board an MV-22 Osprey, June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan during an exercise. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Josh Mahler)

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, board an MV-22 Osprey, June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan during an exercise. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Josh Mahler)

A U.S. Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician, and a U.S. Navy sailor, prepare for a medical exercise aboard an MV-22 Osprey, June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Josh Mahler)

A U.S. Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician, and a U.S. Navy sailor, prepare for a medical exercise aboard an MV-22 Osprey, June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Josh Mahler)

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, board an MV-22 Osprey June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan during an exercise. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, board an MV-22 Osprey June 6, 2018, at Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan during an exercise. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

A member of the U.S. Air Force from the 353rd Special Operations Squadron, respond to a simulated casualty during a medical exercise, June 6, 2018, at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

A member of the U.S. Air Force from the 353rd Special Operations Squadron, respond to a simulated casualty during a medical exercise, June 6, 2018, at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Members of the U.S. Air Force and Navy respond to a simulated casualty during a medical exercise, June 6, 2018, at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Members of the U.S. Air Force and Navy respond to a simulated casualty during a medical exercise, June 6, 2018, at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force performs joint medical exercises with other U.S. forces regularly in Okinawa to better prepare service members for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- When medical Airmen deploy to the battlefield or humanitarian missions, they are often side-by-side with elements from other U.S. service branches. Many of these units use different platforms to deliver medical care and transport patients.

In the chaos of combat or a disaster response, fast action and quick evacuation saves lives. Air Force medics conduct joint training exercises with the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps, to ensure they are familiar with the platforms and equipment used by those forces.

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